Richard A. Silva

Date of Passing:

June 28, 2023

Silva, Richard A., 78, of Lottie Drive, Riverside, died peacefully on June 28, 2023 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Julie A. (Aldrich) Silva.

Born in Providence, the son of the late Clarence and Mary (Lopes) Silva, he lived in Riverside for 59 years.

Mr. Silva worked at American Welding, West Greenwich for 46 years, retiring as Vice President and General Manager in 2018.

Richard enjoyed designing and building home renovation projects for his family and friends and with his beloved Cub Cadet, he was always there snow plowing his neighbors driveways after every snow storm.

Besides his wife of 58 years, he is survived by two daughters, Marie E. Silva-Golembiesky and her husband Clifford of Cumberland and Christine A. Sullivan and her husband Rennie of North Kingstown; two sisters, Elizabeth Vieira and Donna Waycott both of Riverside and four loving grandchildren, Zachary, Kyle, Derek and Jake Sullivan.

His Funeral will be held on Saturday July 1, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 9:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling Hours are Friday 4-7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Richard’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116 or Continuum Hospice Care, 1350 Division Road, West Warwick, RI 02893 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Marie and family,
    I send my sincere condolences on such a loss. May God provide comfort and peace to each of you in the days ahead.

  2. Mr. Silva was a great mentor of mine
    In the steel industry and worked closely w him for numerous years.
    He also worked closely w my Father thru American Welding.
    His insight to me was invaluable
    And he will be very much missed.
    Deepest condolences to his family
    And friends.
    Brian Nerney

  3. You couldn’t ask for a better brother-in-law. You needed help, he was right there. Who will I talk to about Biden stories. We had many good laughs at his expense. I will miss you so much. Love you Rich

  4. He was a man of few words and many talents, gifts that he generously shared with anyone fortunate to intersect his inner circle. He kept my first car on the road way longer than it deserved to be. One friday as i downshifted my 1974 gremlin coming onto Forbes st from the Trail, the shift came off in my hand! I drove straight to his house in second gear. It was fixed and back on the road by Saturday! He was also a technology lover that mastered computing applications that challenged and supplanted many in his generation. He turned many heads as he traversed the roads of Riverside on his Segway, one of the first in RI to have one. I have a feeling that St Peter is waiting at the Pearly Gates with a punch list of those hard honey do jobs that only Mr. Silva can fix. Who am i kidding, he probably has them already done! God speed Richard! You were very much appreciated.

  5. Mr. Silva was so good to mom and dad, anytime it would snow he was on the way with his plow. Then, come spring time Patty or I would take mom to Omaha Steaks for her thank you gift to him. He was an awesome neighbor and will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to you all.

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